Cathedral to host festive market
EXETER Cathedral is to host a Christmas Market on Cathedral Green this year.
It is a first for the Cathedral and will bring together produce and gifts from the South West and the Continent with organisers saying it will make Exeter the place to shop this Christmas.
John Harvey, the city centre manager, said the market will bring something extra to the city this year.
"We are going to make sure that this is a market that works really well and gives a great experience for our visitors and residents this year.
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"This is an amazing location. It has been great to be able to bring everyone together to do this and gives another great reason for everyone to visit Exeter for the festive season."
The Christmas market will run for just over three weeks, from Friday, November 23 until Sunday, December 16. It will be open from 10am until 8pm on Monday to Wednesday, from 10am until 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 11am until 5pm on a Sunday and will be run by Market Place Europe Limited.
The Very Rev Jonathan Draper, Dean of Exeter, said: "The Cathedral occupies a special place in the heart of Exeter. It has been the focus of life in the city for centuries, and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Exeter City Council, Market Place Europe and the city centre business community to develop a high-quality Christmas market with our most iconic building as its backdrop. The market, will end with the Exeter Nativity Procession, signalling the start of our celebration of the birth of Jesus and this special season of the year."
Councillor Pete Edwards, leader of Exeter City Council, said: "The agreement to go ahead with the market is the result of really hard work between the cathedral, the city council and its business partners.
"The Christmas market will become a great annual attraction for the city centre and, alongside the city centre's exciting retail and restaurant offer, will provide a really good reason to do your Christmas shopping in Exeter this year."
Derek Phillips, vice president of Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Heart of Devon Tourism Partnership, said: "The Christmas Market represents an opportunity to attract large numbers of additional visitors and shoppers in to the city centre in the run-up to Christmas."
Nick Rhodes, chief executive of Market Place Europe Limited, said: "We'd be delighted to hear from any local businesses who are interested in taking space on the Exeter Christmas Market. We're really pleased to be working with our local Exeter partners on the market and see it as a great opportunity to showcase fantastic local and regional businesses."